A 4-night cross-cultural festival of musicians from the Portuguese-speaking world
(Brazil – Portugal – Cape Verde – Angola — Mozambique)
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 8:00pm
Featuring: Os Mutantes
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge
Address: 158 Bleecker Street
Tickets $30 in advance / $35 at the door
“Hearing Os Mutantes for the first time was one of those revelatory moments you live for as a musician.” — Beck
“Os Mutantes welded traditional Brazilian music to flower-power psychedelia, and their experiments made them cult favorites for decades.” — Pitchfork
Os Mutantes are the pioneers of Brazilian avant-garde, and this show at LPR marks their World Music Institute debut. WMI Artistic Director Par Neiburger compares them to “the earlier, experimental Pink Floyd.”
The late ’60s in Brazil produced an explosion of new sounds and ideas that still reverberate throughout the world. During that time, Os Mutantes created a unique psychedelic sound that brought them international attention, earning them a lasting legacy. Their music weaves together musical influences from the English speaking world—inspirations include John Cage, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix—with bossa nova, samba, and other styles from their native Brazil.
Os Mutantes’ ethereal absurdist pop music, sonic collage approach and tendency for cultural irony has influenced many prominent musicians, from the Flaming Lips to David Byrne. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was tipped to the band by members of the band Red Kross. When Nirvana toured Brazil in 1993, Cobain tried to arrange a meeting with Mutante bassist/singer Arnaldo Baptista. Unable to locate the musician he sent him the following note: “Arnaldo, best wishes to you, and be careful with the system. They swallow you up and spit you out like a maraschino cherry pit.”
But of any contemporary musician, it is Beck who appears their direct heir. Beck readily admits a longstanding admiration, even dedicating his song “Tropicália” from the album Mutations to the band.
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 8:00pm
Featuring: Lula Pena
Venue: Drom NYC
Address: 85 Avenue A
Tickets $25 in advance / $30 at the door
Co-presented with Drom
“My favorite ‘new’ singer of these past weeks is Lula Pena. A Portuguese singer
with a deep voice and an amplified guitar that sings just like a poet”
— Caetano Veloso, in his “Obra em Progresso” blog
A truly exquisite Fado singer, the elusive and esoteric Lula Pena—one of the greatest singers born in Portugal—makes her WMI debut. Her works draws on international influences to add new textures to Portugal’s ancient musical genre, as she blends traditional fado with Portuguese folk, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova. With a commanding yet sensitive voice, Pena performs solo guitar and sings of passion and pain, mirroring her personal journey as both musician and poet.
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 8:00pm
Faturing: Ana Carolina with Fantcha
Venue: The Town Hall
Address: 123 West 43rd Street
Tickets $75, $70, $65, $55
“Deep-voiced Ana Carolina delivers the most sensual vocal of the set” — The Wall Street Journal
Ana Carolina’s musical talent brought her immediate success: she began performing in local venues in 1998, and her first album earned her a Latin Grammy only a year later. Today, she is one of the most important and popular voices in Brazil. World Music Institute is thrilled to present her for the first time. A skilled songwriter, Carolina draws on the wide range of music that she loves, from Chico Buarque, Maria Bethânia, and João Bosco to Björk and Nina Simone. Carolina is a talented multi-instrumentalist, performing on both guitar and percussion and especially lauded for her skillful playing of the pandeiro, a Brazilian tambourine-like instrument.
The evening also features the Cape Verde-born vocalist Fantcha (Global/Local artist), protégé of Cesaria Evora. Her music offers a unique blend of African, Cuban, and Portuguese inflections, embracing a wide range of emotions. Her sensuous voice is as compelling when evoking the longing in soulful mornas, as when she turns to energetic renditions of coladeras. Fantcha has toured throughout Cape Verde, Europe, and the U.S., with performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Chicago World Music Festival, New York’s Summerstage, and Joe’s Pub.
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015, 10:00pm
Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
with Isabel Novella
Venue: Drom NYC
Address: 85 Avenue A
Co-presented with Drom
“One of the most potent musical marriages imaginable, the Cuban son with the African soukous.” — The Boston Globe on Makina Loca
Raised in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (known as Zaire at the time) with Angolan family roots, Ricardo Lemvo moved to the U.S. at age 15 to continue his education. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science. In 1990 he formed the band Makina Loca. The group’s “seamless, organic and infectious” (Los Angeles Times) blend of Cuban and African rumba and soukous, Angolan kizomba and samba, and Cuban son and salsa has garnered them critical acclaim in the decades since. “Ricardo Lemvo blends Cuba, Congo into one soulful package,” wrote The Chicago Tribune, calling him “one of the few artists in tropical music today who is moving the genre forward.”
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca’s latest album is La Rumba SoYo, a multinational undertaking that was recorded on three continents and in four countries (US, Canada, France and Angola). It took Lemvo three years to complete and saw him dive even deeper into his Angolan roots for inspiration.
Isabel Novella, a stunning new Afropolitan voice from Mozambique, will open the program. Unique in style and performance, Novella has carved her own niche as an artist who straddles soul-bossa jazz, marrabenta-bossa, and up beat Afro-soul to create a sound that Novella calls “pop-world soul.”
ABOUT WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE
Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute has served as the leading presenter of world music and dance within the United States. For the past 30 years, WMI has built the most comprehensive concert series of diverse music and dance performances, presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world. WMI encourages cultural exchange between nations and ethnic groups and collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions in fostering greater understanding of the world’s cultural traditions. WMI works extensively with community groups and organizations including Indian, Iranian, Chinese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Hungarian, Irish, and Central Asian. This has enabled WMI to be at the forefront of presenting the finest ensembles from these countries.
WMI curates a full season of concerts each year in New York City in venues throughout the city, including Carnegie Hall, The Apollo, BAM, 92Y, Symphony Space, Town Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Roulette, The Beacon Theatre, Skirball Performing Arts Center at NYU, New York City Center, Drom, Storm King Art Center, the Rose Theater (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and Le Poisson Rouge. It has presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries including Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.
In addition to its regular programming, WMI has brought many musical, dance and ritual traditions to the New York or U.S. stage for the first time, including Laotian sung poetry, folk music of Khorason and Bushehr (Iran), songs of the Yemenite Jews, Bardic divas of Central Asia, trance ceremonies from Morocco, music from Madagascar, and Theyyams (masked dances) of Kerala, South India.
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